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Check out the first project from Airbnb’s new in-house “innovation and design” team

It’s a house. Airbnb‘s team collaborated with Go Hasegawa, a Tokyo-based architect, to create it for a urban living exhibit called <i>House Vision,</i> as first reported by our colleagues at <i>Co.Design</i>. After the exhibition, the house will live in Yoshino, which Airbnb describes as “a bucolic town in the …

Public Health

Want to Drive in Beijing? Good Luck in the License Plate Lottery

BEIJING — Hoping to please his future in-laws, Larry Li fought the snarling Beijing traffic one recent spring day to chauffeur them from the train station to his home in the city in a white Volkswagen he had bought just a month earlier.<p>The good will came with a cost: a fine of 200 renminbi, or $30, …

Thai mayor accused of locking reporters in office and having trousers removed

Premsak Piayura was allegedly upset by a story in the national Daily News but now faces being sacked if found guilty of illegal detention<p>A mayor in north-eastern Thailand has been accused of locking five reporters in his office and having workers pull the trousers off one to be photographed.<p>Premsak …

‘Everyone’s worst nightmare’: 7-year-old who went missing from city camp program found dead

Kyzr Willis was last seen Tuesday afternoon at a bathhouse in Boston, authorities told the Boston Globe.<p>Hours later, the body of the 7-year-old, who had been attending a program run by the city, was reportedly pulled from waters off Carson Beach.<p>“Obviously our hearts break for the family,” Boston …

Crime

Skyscraper in Shanghai lets visitors walk on glass walkway without handrails

Gulp. This walk is not for the faint-hearted.<p>On Thursday, the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai opened its glass skywalk to the public. Daredevil visitors can …

CNN

Mother who took children to perform for Oregon militia loses custody of kids

A judge ruled Wednesday that a Kansas woman’s children, who performed for armed militia members in Oregon, will remain in the custody of the state’s Department for Children and Families.<p>Odalis Sharp’s children told the Shawnee County District Court how their mother had beaten them, yelled at them …

Oregon
Fish

Large Abelisaurus Dinosaur dinosaur footprint found in Bolivia

One of the largest ever dinosaur footprints has been found in Bolivia.<p>It is more than a metre across - and is thought to have belonged to a type of dinosaur called an Abelisaurus.<p>It was unearthed in a site near the Bolivian capital, Sucre.<p>Tim Allman reports.

Paleontology
CNN

Girl killed by zoo elephant

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 7-year-old Moroccan girl has died after a zoo elephant threw a rock at her.<p>Managers at the zoo in the capital of Rabat confirmed the details in a press statement.<p>The girl died a few hours after being transferred to hospital. Video shot by a zoo visitor shows a number of people huddled …

CNN